Joan Jett gets named the greatest female electric guitarist


The new documentary It Might Get Loud, which is now in theaters, celebrates some of the most famous electric guitarists. Featuring Jack White, Jimmy Page and U2’s The Edge, the music doc is, not surprisingly completely lacking of women. In response to this so-typical-it’s-ridiculous boys club, Elle magazine compiled a list of 12 Greatest Female Electric Guitarists.

While 12 seems like a drop in the bucket compared to all the male musicians who are consistently over-praised, this list of often under-rated women is nice to see, especially since it’s not in a music magazine — you know, because Rolling Stone‘s Women in Rock issues tend to be more insulting than inspiring.

Even more exciting about Elle‘s list is its queer friendliness. Sleater-Kinney‘s Carrie Brownstein makes the cut, while Joan Jett tops it.

Of the legendary rocker, Elle says:

A no-nonsense player who in only a few strums can get an entire barroom howling her 1982 hit, “I Love Rock ’n’ Roll.” That kind of power, often amplified by painted-on leather pants, sets the bar high for Twilight’s Kristen Stewart, who’s playing Jett in an upcoming Runaways biopic.

Speaking of The Runaways (which was previously referred to as Cherry Bomb), Jett herself recently expressed her excitement over the film in an interview with

It reinforces my love for the band and the fact I think it was an extremely important band, regardless of our level of success in America. It just reinforces my love of the whole time and of the band and what we did and how it was implausible and improbable at the same time.

On Kristen Stewart’s dedication to the role, Jett said:

Kristen was so into it, into the whole vibe of doing this. I think she felt a weight and a responsibility to interpret it correctly. She was really serious about it and was watching me and asking me all sorts of question, from speech aspects to watching my body language, watching where I stood, watching my guitar playing. She really worked hard to get it right.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Jett is working on a new greatest hits album for next year that may also include new material she’s been working on.

Are you psyched for The Runaways film? What about Elle‘s list — who is missing?

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